Festival of the Arts celebrated all weekend in Downtown Luray

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The Hobbit

~ PVN staff report

LURAY — The streets will be filled with inspiration this weekend in Downtown Luray as the 2022 Festival of the Arts provides a wide variety of sights and sounds, demonstrations and instruction, entertainment and novelty, all throughout the weekend.

Where will you find your inspiration?

Will it be a musician on the porch of Vivian’s Flowers, or face painting at Hawksbill Trading Co.? Perhaps that spark will come while learning how to make floral arrangements at Nest-and-Hive, or attending a stage performance with a rendition of The Hobbit at Trackside Theater.

The Page Valley Arts Council will be bringing the once annual event back after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. First launched in 2018, the Festival of the Arts switched from fall to spring in 2019.

This year’s version offers three days of activities, kicking off with a reception and entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Warehouse Art Gallery. The Gallery will serve as the center of most activities throughout the weekend, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 and from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

Activities will include live music, demonstrations, jesters, hands-on art, circus activities and a drum circle. Artist demonstrations will include painters, carvers, wood working, printmakers, photographers and other performers. The circus activities (weather permitting) will be held on the lawn behind the Gallery, including juggling, hoops and stilt walking.

Stories of Middle Earth will be told at Trackside Theater with their production of The Hobbit on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at 7:30 p.m., as well as a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. Repeat performances will be presented the following weekend at 7:30 p.m. on June 17-18, and 3 p.m. on June 19. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased at the door or at TracksideTheater.org

“We’re looking for a lot of fun, creativity and positive energy this weekend,” said Warehouse Art Gallery owner Jim Mayes. “So come on out and support the arts in Page County.”

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